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SERVPRO of Eagan / Apple Valley Works Seamlessly with Your Business' Insurance Company

11/28/2021 (Permalink)

Will My Business Insurance Cover Water Damage?

At SERVPRO of Eagan / Apple Valley, we have been a locally owned and operated business for over 20 years. There is not much we haven't seen, cleaned, or restored. We have worked with nearly all the area's business insurance companies over the years and have developed great working relationships with each. When you trust your business to the certified professionals at SERVPRO of Eagan / Apple Valley, you are in good hands before, during, and after the restoration. Whatever insurance company you have: State Farm, Hiscox, Allstate, Hartford, Travelers, etc., SERVPRO of Eagan / Apple Valley will make sure they have everything you need for your claim. Call us today for restoration/remediation/clean up completed by certified professionals. 

Preventing Mold Growth in the Workplace

11/28/2021 (Permalink)

How do I prevent mold growth?

The best way to prevent mold growth is to control moisture. The main requirements for outdoor mold growth are moisture and shade. Mold does not like the sun and/or ultra violet rays. The main requirement for inside mold growth is simply moisture and it can occur in ceilings, attics, floors, insulation, wood, drywall, clothes, carpeting, bathrooms, and more. Some causes of excessive moisture are condensation, humidity, cooking, washing, or water from a flood, leak or spill. Mold also grows in environments with a warm temperature. Mold growth can begin in less than 48 hours of excessive moisture.

What you can do as a business owner to prevent mold growth from forming in your place of business:

  • Fix water leaks. Any known water leaks should be fixed quickly. Have a contractor inspect for unknown leaks.
  • Limit condensation. Keep room temperatures warm and/or well insulated.
  • Reduce humidity. Open windows, install exhaust fans or use a dehumidifier.
  • Clean wet/damp areas. Any wet or damp area, materials or affected equipment should be cleaned within 48 hours to prevent mold growth.

If your business has experienced water damage or mold growth, please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Eagan / Apple Valley today!

Deep Cleaning Industrial Kitchens

11/27/2021 (Permalink)

Companies Who Sanitize Large Kitchens

SERVPRO of Eagan / Apple Valley would like to deep clean and sanitize your industrial kitchen! Whether your building is a restaurant, a school, a church, an office, a cafeteria, or even a roller rink, chances are it's been a minute since the kitchen has had a full deep cleaning and sanitization.  The flooring is cleaned and sanitized along with all surfaces and storage areas.  Today, it's more important than ever to keep food preparation and storage surfaces clean and sanitized. Customers and patrons have been more and more demanding of a clean restaurant and/or industrial kitchen. In addition to cleaning the flooring, and the food prep and storage surfaces, SERVPRO of Eagan / Apple Valley employees will move large appliances to the best of their abilities and even clean behind those as well. Call today to schedule. SERVPRO of Eagan / Apple Valley, Here to Help. 

"Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certified"

11/27/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Eagan and Apple Valley is "Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certified"

Do you need upholstery cleaning or carpet cleaning for your business? SERVPRO of Eagan and Apple Valley cleans upholstery for general cleaning , pet dander, smoke damage, office carpet tile, and more.

The IICRC is a certification and Standards Developing Organization (SDO) non-profit organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. In partnership with regional and international trade associates, the IICRC serves more than 25 countries.

The IICRC works with other organizations to increase awareness of certified firms – from companies like Shaw, which requires warranty work be done by an IICRC Certified Firm, to associations, to government officials. Additionally, the IICRC also partners with the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) to include a suggestion for use of IICRC Certified Firms that specialize in upholstery cleaning in its Furniture Care Codes.

When you see an IICRC logo, you can be confident that an IICRC-certified experienced, qualified professional is caring for your valuable property.

Source: http://www.IICRC.org

How Do I Prevent Ice Dams on My Roof this Winter?

11/26/2021 (Permalink)

Stop Ice Dams with a Cold Roof

Ice dams (and icicles) form when the snow melts, runs down your roof and refreezes near the edge. This only occurs when part of your roof warms to above 32 degrees F, warm enough to melt the snow, while the roof edge remains below freezing. This scenario is often the result of a warm attic. In most homes, heat escapes through ceilings into the attic and warms the wood and shingles directly above it. Although the outdoor temperature is below freezing, the snow melts over the warmed section of roof. When the melted snow runs down the roof, it hits the cold edge not warmed by the attic. There it freezes, creating a rim of ice. This rim can grow, trap more water behind it, and bingo—you have a full-fledged ice dam.

The key to preventing ice dams is simply to keep your attic and roof cold. After a snowfall, a cold roof will have a thick blanket of snow. A warmer roof, however, will soon have clear spots where the snow has melted off, and may well have icicles hanging from the eaves.

If your home or business has water damage from ice dams, please call the certified professionals at SERVPRO of Eagan / Apple Valley today! We are open 24 hours for emergency services and available now.

Source: Family Handy Man

How to Set Up Weather Emergency Alerts on Your Phone

11/26/2021 (Permalink)

Search for "CMAS" or "WEA" in your phone's messaging settings. You can also dial "##2627##" (minus the quotes) on your phone to turn them on.

 If neither of these do the trick, you might not have a phone that is WEA enabled. That's OK, though. You can still get emergency weather alerts with weather apps like the Weather Channel app or WeatherUSA.

WeatherUSA sends out real-time alerts to you every time there’s any weather-related warning in your area. They send these alerts out whenever they are released by any federal agency, including the National Weather Service. These alerts are sent across to the subscribers via SMS or email. You can choose to add your county or state for the local weather warnings.

For Android users, To meet the FCC standards, Android introduced “Emergency Broadcasts” features in all its mobiles. Through this service, you can get severe weather alerts instantly. Apart from these alerts, this feature also sends out an alert whenever there’s any emergency in your area.

Source: USA Today Online

Why is My Refrigerator Leaking?

11/25/2021 (Permalink)

If your refrigerator is leaking water and causing water damage to your flooring it’s usually because of one of two reasons.

Reason #1 your fridge is leaking

A blocked defrost drain is one of the most common causes of water leakage. This happens when food particles or other debris clog up the drain hose, which can lead to ice build and, eventually, water leaking out of the freezer and refrigerator.

Fix: First, try flushing the drain from inside the freezer with warm water, using a turkey baster or a small funnel. You can also try using a pipe cleaner or a straightened coat hanger to forcibly remove the clog. If this doesn't fix the problem you may need to manually remove the debris that is clogging the check valve at the end of the drain hose.

Reason #2 your fridge is leaking

From time to time, a clogged or frozen water supply line will cause water to puddle beneath the refrigerator. It will also affect ice production from the ice maker and slow or stop water flow from the dispenser.

Fix: First, unplug the refrigerator and locate the shut-off valve, typically underneath the sink, behind the refrigerator, or below the refrigerator in the basement. Make sure this valve is closed, and look for any leaks, kinks, or clogs in the plastic supply line.

Source: CNET online

Strong Cigarette Smell

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

Getting Rid of Cigarette Smoke Odor

It's obvious to a non-smoker when a home smells like cigarettes.  The smell of tobacco and/or cigarette smoke and tar is stubborn because it "sticks" to all surfaces as it spreads through the air. So, how do you get rid of the cigarette odor?  The short answer is that it's very difficult.  ALL surfaces in the home need to be scrubbed and deodorized, including the: flooring, walls, furniture, appliances, knick-knacks, and clothing. Even the air in the home needs to be deodorized during the process.  It's not an easy task, but the experts at SERVPRO® of Eagan / Apple Valley have done it many times and are more than willing to help you.  Give us a call today and start breathing fresh smelling air! (651) 330-7271

Entering Your Home After a Storm, Hurricane, or Tornado

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

How do I enter my home after a storm?

Entering your home or business after severe storm damage can be risky… roofs can collapse, glass from shattered windows will be on surfaces and floors.  Cleaning up after major storm damage can mean facing: contaminated water, animals and insects, splintered wood and sagging ceilings. It is best to let the professionals who are trained and certified to work in these storm damage environments handle the damage restoration. However, according to the American Red Cross, if you absolutely must enter your home or business, be sure to wear:

  • Long pants
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Sturdy shoes or boots (no tennis shoes or flip flops)
  • Work gloves
  • Eye protection
  • Disposable masks
  • Hard hats

Whether it’s for your home or for your business, for more information on storm damage restoration from SERVPRO of Eagan / Apple Valley, click HERE.

We are here to help, Minneapolis-Twin Cities area.

 Source: Red Cross Online

2021 Fire Prevention Week

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention Week 2021 in United States will begin on Sunday, October 3rd and end on Saturday, October 9th. This year’s Fire Protection Week theme is: “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!”.

The National Fire Protection Agency is working to educate everyone about the different sounds the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make. Knowing what to do when an alarm sounds will keep you and your family safe. When an alarm makes noises – a beeping sound or a chirping sound – you must take action.

What do the fire alarm beeps mean?

  • A continued set of three loud beeps—beep, beep, beep—means smoke or fire. Get out, call 9-1-1, and stay out.
  • A single “chirp” every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed.
  • Chirping that continues after the battery has been replaced means the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be replaced. All smoke alarms must be replaced after 10 years.

For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, there are special smoke alarms and alert devices that include strobe lights that flash to alert people when the smoke alarms sound. Products like pillow or bed shakers that are designed to work with smoke alarms are also available.

Source: NFPA.org